Quick Facts

- The Canadian Pacific Railway Company acquired two other companies, the DM&E Railroad (Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad), and the IC&E railroad (Iowa, Chicago, and Eastern Railroad) in 2009.

- The first Transcontinental Train arrived in Port Arthur in June 30th, 1886.

- The headquarters are located at Calgary, Alberta.

- One of CPR's previous logos included [CP RAIL]. This logo looked like a Pac-Man.

- Official Website: www.cpr.ca.

- The Canadian Pacific Railway Company has more then 15,000 employees with a market capitalization of 7 Billion USD.

- The logo of the Canadian Pacific Railway (on above banner with snowy mountains in background) was chosen because the beaver is a Canadian  symbol, representing the hard work the company does everyday.

- Started 1999, the CPR started a Holiday train. It ran the lines of the CPR collecting food bank donations. It is a train with multiple festive decorations embroidered it.

- There are about 24 000 railway crossings in Canada

- The CPR route has 80 tunnels and 3 000 bridges

- The CPR owns 1 600 locomotives and about 48 000 freight cars

- The CPR employs over 24 000 workers

- When William Cornelius Van Horne died in 1915, all the trains on the CPR paused for 5 minutes to honor him

- Chinese workers on the CPR are called "Coolies". That was the Chinese navvies' nicknames

- Andrew Onderdonk's workers built about 27 tunnels and over 600 bridges

- The railroad is made in six simple processes:

  •      Surveyors marks the route
  •      Navvies clear a wide swath on both sides of the route
  •      Grading crews even out the roadbed
  •      Track layers lay wooden tracks onto the roadbed, these are the wooden rectangular logs you see beneath the steel spine on railways
  •      Steel rails were added on top of the wooden tracks and iron spikes were driven into the ground to keep both in place
  •      Spaces between the tracks were filled up with gravel

- The last spike, unlike other last spikes on other railroads, was one of iron, not gold or silver, like other last spikes. There was a silver spike that was made by the Governor General, but he was recalled before he could give the the special silver spike to Lord Strathcona

- Aside from the Blackfoot Tribe, other tribes such as the Cree also felt the need to voice out their concerns about land loss due to government grants.

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